The woman introduced herself as Sister Eileen Shaw, telling Cahill that she was out on a walk from her nearby convent. “She’s nice to me, which was confusing,” Cahill recalled. The two struck up a conversation, Cahill said, which led to an invitation for the teen to play guitar atContinue Reading A former Catholic priest has appeared in a Sydney court accused of sexually and indecently assaulting seven males aged between 14 and 20 in the late 1980s at a western Sydney school. New Zealander James Joseph Cunneen, 58, was arrested at his Hamilton home in July and extradited toContinue Reading 1 of 6. Catholic clergy aren’t more likely to abuse children than other clergy or men in general. According to the best available data (which is pretty good mostly coming from a comprehensive report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2004 as well as several otherContinue Reading In his remarks, Pell was apologetic and specific in his acknowledgment of wrongdoing. “I don’t think many, if any, persons in the leadership of the Catholic Church knew what a horrendous widespread mess we were sitting on. There’s no doubt about it that lives have been blighted,” he said.Continue Reading